Calmex ®

Calmex ®

A calming supplement to help maintain a normal disposition, Calmex is fast acting and consists of a specially blended feed to help promote relaxed behaviour in dogs.

What Can Lead to Anxiety in Your Dog?

The world can be a stressful place. Most dogs lead happy lives, but modern life can be noisy and confusing.

Noisy Environments

Loud noises such as thunderstorms or fireworks are a common cause of fear or anxiety

Lifestyle Changes

From your new job to your new baby, even small lifestyle changes can prove stressful for your pet


Travelling with your pet can cause heightened fear and anxiety


After surgery, pets need to stay calm and rest to help recovery

Boarding and Kennels

The environmental changes your pet experiences when boarding or kennelling can be very stressful

Rescue Animals

Unfamiliar surroundings and having to build trust with new owners can result in stressful episodes

Signs of Anxiety

50% of owners report that their dog is afraid of fireworks but only 30% of owners ask their vet for help*. If your dog demonstrates any of the following signs, it may indicate fear or anxiety:

*Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 145, Issues 1–2, April 2013, Pages 15–25

  • Trembling and shaking
  • Barking excessively
  • Hiding
  • Trying to escape
  • Toileting in the house
  • Excessive panting
  • Restlessness
  • Scratching or chewing furniture
  • Over-grooming
  • Fear in everyday situations

Why Should I See My Vet?

At VetPlus we believe vets are best placed to advise on the best course of action for your pet. Dogs who show signs of fear when they have no reason to be scared could have a phobia. Phobias are irrational responses where their fear may be disproportionate to the situation. For example many people are scared of spiders (arachnophobia), even though most spiders pose very little actual risk to humans.

Our pets can also pick up on subtle changes in their environments that teach them when to expect a fearful situation. Repeated exposure to scary situations can cause a phobia to get even worse. For example if your pet finds going to the vets scary the first time, the next time they go and every time after that, they’ll expect a scary experience.

This is why we always recommend you ask your vet for help as soon as you suspect your pet is scared. Your vet is the best person to advise you on keeping your pet happy and healthy and because phobias do not tend to disappear over time by themselves.

Next Steps

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What Else Can I Do?

There are a number of measures you can take that can reduce your dog’s anxiety levels. Lots of owners find it useful to use a combination of:

  • Behavioural techniques
  • Environmental changes
  • Supplements

Try to work out what it is exactly that your dog is afraid of and then speak to your vet for guidance on what could make a difference long term. Alongside this, you could try some of the following techniques.

It is important to remember that managing behavioural issues can take a long time and patience, so do not lose heart if the problems do not disappear immediately.

The following could help your dog during fireworks, or other celebrations with loud noises:

  • Make a den – Many dogs have a favourite place to go and hide, identify where they like to go in your house and make sure they have access to it. You could also build a den for your pet to go, choose somewhere warm and away from the windows and create a safe cosy hideout with a comfy bed and access to water.
  • Background noise – Play music to try to distract them, but be careful that you do not cause your dog to associate that music with the fear.
  • Be cheerful – Be a good role model to them. If you can be with your dog when they encounter the stressful situation, ignore whatever it is that the dog is fearful of; you could even whistle or sing to show how unaffected you are!
  • Exercise – If possible, take your dog out for a walk to tire them out before they encounter the stressful situation.


Feeding Guidelines

Calmex comes in a tablet which can be given whole or mixed with food.

Give once a day with or without food three days prior to a stressful event. It may be advisable to give double the recommended amount before a particularly stressful situation.

Weight Recommendation
Under 10kg 1 tablet
11-20kg 2 tablets
21-30kg 3 tablets
31-40kg 4 tablets
>40kg 5 tablets


Contact the vet you purchased Calmex from for guidance on the use of Calmex for your dog. They’ll be able to provide specialised advice for your pet due to the records they keep. If you are unable to get the information you need from your vet, or if you bought Calmex elsewhere, please contact us for assistance.

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